Wade was elected to the Victorian Parliament to represent the seat of Williamstown in September 2007 following the retirement of long serving Victorian Premier and Williamstown MP, Steve Bracks. Wade lives in Newport with his wife and two children, making him the fourth generation of his family to live in Melbourne’s inner west.
During his time in Parliament, Wade has served as a member of multiple parliamentary committees as well as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Health and the Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response.
Following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in November 2014, Wade was appointed Minister for Police and Minister for Corrections. In 2016 Wade was appointed Minister for Industry and Employment, and Minister for Resources. He resigned from the Ministry in October 2017 when he announced his retirement and will serve out his term as the Member for Williamstown.
Wade’s contribution to the local community includes saving the Yarraville Community Centre; creating a new renal dialysis facility at Williamstown Hospital; rebuilding and upgrading local schools including Bayside P-12 College, Newport Gardens Primary School, Newport Lakes Primary School, Spotswood Primary School and Williamstown High School; upgrading Seaworks in Williamstown; working with SKY High to secure early stage funding for a new secondary school in Seddon; working with the Brooklyn Community Representative Group to reduce dust and odour pollution in Brooklyn; implementing additional rail services on the Williamstown line; and working to deliver a second road-based river crossing to take trucks off local roads and create thousands of jobs.
Living locally, Wade is a big fan of our local cafes, like The Pint of Milk in Newport, and restaurants like Mez Mez in Williamstown, but thinks the best pizza comes from Motorino in Spotswood.
Wade is an avid supporter and member of the Western Bulldogs and Williamstown Football Clubs, and enjoys running marathons in his spare time.